Fairfax VA Home Inspections https://squareoneinspections.com/ Home Inspectors in Virginia and Washington DC Mon, 23 Jan 2023 19:59:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 Foods to avoid for garbage disposal https://squareoneinspections.com/foods-to-avoid-for-garbage-disposal/ https://squareoneinspections.com/foods-to-avoid-for-garbage-disposal/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2023 19:38:28 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=764 You may think that it is ok to put any type of food into your garbage disposal, but there are a few foods that you really should avoid. Here are a few foods you should not put into your garbage disposal to help prevent problems. The first food that you may think is okay to […]

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You may think that it is ok to put any type of food into your garbage disposal, but there are a few foods that you really should avoid. Here are a few foods you should not put into your garbage disposal to help prevent problems.

The first food that you may think is okay to put into your disposal is coffee grounds. Coffee grounds can form a thick paste when they get wet and ground very small. This can cause blockages in your garbage disposal. Another food that you should be careful of is any dry expandable foods. In small amounts, these foods can be okay in your garbage disposal. The problem is once the dry expandable foods get wet, they can expand and build up. This can also cause a blockage. So if you have a large amount of dry expandable foods, just throw it into the trash instead of your garbage disposal. Another type of food to avoid putting into your garbage disposal is any leftover grease or cooking fat. Once this grease or cooking fat cools, it can stick and clog your garbage disposal. So just throw out the cooled grease or cooking fat into your trash.

These are just a few foods that you may want to avoid putting into your garbage disposal.

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What is an electric baseboard heater https://squareoneinspections.com/what-is-an-electric-baseboard-heater/ Thu, 29 Dec 2022 18:27:00 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=760 Do you know what an electric baseboard heater is and how it works? Here is a little information to help familiarize yourself with this type of heating element. Electric baseboard heaters are electric heating elements that are wide and short that are installed near your baseboard. (Which is why it’s called an electric baseboard heater. […]

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Do you know what an electric baseboard heater is and how it works? Here is a little information to help familiarize yourself with this type of heating element.

Electric baseboard heaters are electric heating elements that are wide and short that are installed near your baseboard. (Which is why it’s called an electric baseboard heater. ) These electric baseboard heaters are normally hardwired into the home’s existing electrical wiring. Some of these units can be plugged right into a standard electrical outlet.

Electric baseboard heaters produce heat either through hydronic or the convection process. Hydronic baseboard heaters have an electric heating element that warms an internal liquid reservoir surrounded by metal fins. The more common electric baseboard heaters use the convection process. Convection heaters have metal fins that turn cold air near the floor into warm air that rises.

Convection baseboard heaters are cheaper and available in a wider range of sizes and power ranges than hydronic heaters. Convection electric baseboard heater plug-in units are also more readily available. Hydronic baseboard heaters are more energy efficient.

This is just a little information to help you know what is an electric baseboard heater and to know how it works.

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Houseplants that are pet friendly https://squareoneinspections.com/houseplants-that-are-pet-friendly/ Fri, 23 Dec 2022 18:27:32 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=757 There are many houseplants that are considered toxic for your pet if they eat the plant. This does not mean you need to go plant free in your home. If you are not able to keep your houseplants where your pet can reach them, or if your sneaky cat can climb anywhere, here are a […]

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There are many houseplants that are considered toxic for your pet if they eat the plant. This does not mean you need to go plant free in your home. If you are not able to keep your houseplants where your pet can reach them, or if your sneaky cat can climb anywhere, here are a few houseplants that are considered pet friendly. Just keep in mind, even plants that are considered non-toxic, some plants can still upset your pet’s stomach if ingested.

Spider plants are considered pet-friendly. Spider plants require bright light. Another example of a houseplant considered non-toxic is a money tree plant. Money tree plants also require bright light. Another pet-friendly plant is a parlor palm. Parlor palms need bright indirect lighting. There is also the ponytail palm. This plant requires bright light and is very easy to take care of. The last example of a pet-friendly houseplant is rosemary. Many people may not think of having rosemary as a houseplant because it’s an herb. Not only does it look and smell nice, but you are able to use this herb. Though your pet may like to chew on this houseplant a little too much.

These are just a few examples of pet-friendly houseplants. If you are unsure if your plant is toxic to your pet, just look it up online from a reliable website.

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Closet organization https://squareoneinspections.com/closet-organization/ Tue, 29 Nov 2022 19:05:00 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=753 Do you have things piled high in your closet? Can you even close your closet door without any effort? If the answer is yes, here are a few organizing tips that will help you to get your closet more organized. The first tip is to store your out-of-season items in another location and as the […]

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Do you have things piled high in your closet? Can you even close your closet door without any effort? If the answer is yes, here are a few organizing tips that will help you to get your closet more organized.

The first tip is to store your out-of-season items in another location and as the seasons change switch out items. Another tip is to store outdoor accessories, such as hats and scarves, by the door or another easy-to-reach location. You also will want to store luggage in another location than your closet. You could store your luggage in a basement, attic, or even under your bed. Another tip is to get rid of all the excess hangers and try switching to a less bulky hanger. This will also free up a lot of space in your closet, not to mention prevent you from knocking down the extra hangers every time you go into your closet. The last tip is to get rid of any items that you never wear or use. Think about the last time that you actually wore or used an item. If it’s been a while, like a year, get rid of the item.

These are just a few tips to help you to get your closet more organized, and hopefully, make closing that door a little easier.

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Protecting your furniture from cats https://squareoneinspections.com/protecting-your-furniture-from-cats/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 20:34:22 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=750 Cats scratch things for a number of reasons. They scratch to leave their scent, remove the outside of their nails, and to simply stretch their legs and muscles. Most people really do not want their cats scratching up their furniture. Here are a few tips to help deter your cats from scratching your furniture. The […]

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Cats scratch things for a number of reasons. They scratch to leave their scent, remove the outside of their nails, and to simply stretch their legs and muscles. Most people really do not want their cats scratching up their furniture. Here are a few tips to help deter your cats from scratching your furniture.

The first tip is to offer your cat several scratching posts. Cats do not like all scratching posts. Most do prefer ones that are at an angle and also ones that are horizontal rather than vertical ones. If you do purchase a vertical scratching post make sure it’s tall enough for your cat to fully reach upon. Also, keep the scratching post in an area where your cat hangs out the most.

Another tip is to try spraying the area where your cat scratches with a scent deterrent. The only thing with the sprays is that you may need to frequently reapply the spray.

Even though this might not be the most attractive option, you can try attaching aluminum foil or attach plastic panels to the scratching areas. You can purchase these plastic panels, which are made specifically for your furniture to deter cat scratching.

These are just a few tips to help deter your cat from scratching and to prevent them from ruining your furniture.

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When should you mow your lawn https://squareoneinspections.com/when-should-you-mow-your-lawn/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 17:37:00 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=744 You may have wondered when the best time of day is to mow your lawn. Here are a few suggestions for when you should mow your lawn and when you should not mow your lawn. The first suggestion is to not mow your lawn during a drought or periods of dry spells. Mowing your lawn […]

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You may have wondered when the best time of day is to mow your lawn. Here are a few suggestions for when you should mow your lawn and when you should not mow your lawn.

The first suggestion is to not mow your lawn during a drought or periods of dry spells. Mowing your lawn during these times can cause turf stress. You should also not mow your lawn during the heat of the day. Not only will mowing your lawn during the heat of the day cause you stress, but it will also stress out your lawn.

Another suggestion is to not mow your lawn when it is wet. So you should not mow your lawn right after it rains or in the morning when there is still dew on the ground. Rain or dew will weigh down the grass and will make a straight cut difficult. Also, wet clippings will not spread but clump together. It can also be dangerous to mow wet grass because of the risk of slipping on the wet grass. So wait until the grass dries, normally late afternoon or early evening is the best time to mow your lawn.

These are just a few suggestions for when you should mow your lawn and help you to keep your lawn looking its best.

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Cleaning your ceiling fans https://squareoneinspections.com/cleaning-your-ceiling-fans/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 17:37:19 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=741 Do you avoid cleaning your ceiling fans because it just makes a huge mess? Here are a few suggestions to help you reduce the mess while cleaning your ceiling fans. The first suggestion is to use a dry microfiber cloth to first wipe down the ceiling fans’ lightbulbs. Of course, first, make sure the lightbulbs […]

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Do you avoid cleaning your ceiling fans because it just makes a huge mess? Here are a few suggestions to help you reduce the mess while cleaning your ceiling fans.

The first suggestion is to use a dry microfiber cloth to first wipe down the ceiling fans’ lightbulbs. Of course, first, make sure the lightbulbs are completely cool. Then remove any glass globes, if the fan has them, and wash them with warm soapy water.

The next suggestion is to clean your fan blades with a pillowcase. First, make sure your fan is off. Then lightly spray the inside of the pillowcase with either a solution of equal parts vinegar and water or spray the pillowcase with an all-purpose cleaner. Next, slip the pillowcase over a blade and pull the pillowcase back as you wipe. This will trap any dust and debris inside the pillowcase. Lastly, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any leftover dust and debris.

The last suggestion is to try to clean your ceiling fan at least twice a year, like in the spring and fall to reduce the amount of buildup of dust. This will also help you to keep the mess down.

These are just a few suggestions to help you to make less of a mess and easier for you to clean your ceiling fans.

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Reasons to clean dryer vents https://squareoneinspections.com/reasons-to-clean-dryer-vents/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:52:00 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=738 Many people know that you need to clean your dryer vent because dryers can cause structure fires. Many of these fires are caused by clogged vents. So the number one reason to clean your dryer vents is for the fact to prevent fires. There are other reasons why you should clean your dryer vents. Here […]

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Many people know that you need to clean your dryer vent because dryers can cause structure fires. Many of these fires are caused by clogged vents. So the number one reason to clean your dryer vents is for the fact to prevent fires. There are other reasons why you should clean your dryer vents. Here are those reasons.

Another reason you should clean your dryer vents regularly is that you will extend the life of your dryer because your dryer will not be overworked. Also, not only can built-up lent cause a fire, but it could also lead to mold. This is caused when the lint captures moisture and then it leaves wet spots in the tube. This will lead to the perfect grounds for mold. The last reason you should clean your dryer vent is that your dryer will work more efficiently. If the vents are clogged, this will cause you to have to run your dryer multiple times to dry your clothes. Or you may need to run your dryer longer. This will mean it will cost you more money and time to run your dryer.

These are just a few reasons why you should regularly clean your dryer vents.

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The advantages of composite decking https://squareoneinspections.com/the-advantages-of-composite-decking/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 17:51:46 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=736 Some people may prefer natural wood decking because they just like the overall look of natural wood. Even though composite decking may be more expensive than wood decking, there are advantages to composite decking. So if you are in the process of building a new deck or renovating an old one, here are the advantages […]

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Some people may prefer natural wood decking because they just like the overall look of natural wood. Even though composite decking may be more expensive than wood decking, there are advantages to composite decking. So if you are in the process of building a new deck or renovating an old one, here are the advantages of using composite decking.

The first advantage of using composite decking is that composite decking can last about 30 years, sometimes longer. Natural wood decking does not last nearly as long. Another advantage is that besides washing composite decking semi-annually, composite decking is almost maintenance-free. You will never need to sand, paint, or stain your deck as long as your composite decking lasts. Most composite decking is also stain-resistant and can hold up to harsh weather. Natural wood decking does stain, and harsh weather also affects the decking. The last advantage is that most composite deckings have built-in UV resistance, so they will not fade or lighten as much as natural wood.

These are a few advantages of choosing composite decking instead of wood decking. Even though you may prefer a natural wood look, there are many color options available and composite decking can be just as beautiful.

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Why Is The Toilet Bubbling? https://squareoneinspections.com/why-is-the-toilet-bubbling/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 12:32:00 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=733 If your toilet bubbles when no one is using it, does that freak you out? Some might imagine that there is some type of sewer animal coming up the pipes, but this is most likely not the case. Instead, it indicates that there is a problem with your plumbing system. There might be a major […]

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If your toilet bubbles when no one is using it, does that freak you out? Some might imagine that there is some type of sewer animal coming up the pipes, but this is most likely not the case. Instead, it indicates that there is a problem with your plumbing system.

There might be a major blockage in your plumbing. The reason for the bubbling is a simple matter of physics. When anything goes down the sewer pipes it displaces gas that is inside the pipes. This gas will need to go somewhere. Usually, it will go out the vent pipe that is connected to your plumbing system, but with that being blocked, the gas will find the easiest way out, which often will prove to be your toilet.

A blocked vent pipe will cause all your drains to go slower as well, and the sewer gas that comes out is actually harmful to your health when exposed to it for a longer time, so it is important to fix this problem. It might require the help of a plumber, since the vent pipe could be difficult to access.

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